twitter
facebook
facebook

Searching Finance is delighted to announce that we are soon to publish Chris Skinner, Europe's no. 1 banking thought leader (and sometime court jester) on London's history as a financial centre.

London has always been at the heart of the world’s trading activities from Roman and Viking times to the present day.Through Empire and Industry, London has cemented its position as the leading centre for finance.And by political and economic manoeuvring, has maintained that position throughout the last century, as the Empire disappeared and open borders created free trade.

It will be interesting to see where London’s position move over the next decade as reforms kick in to restructure London, to make it a safer place to trade once more.

Look out for Chris's new book in February 2012.

Table of Contents


How The City Developed, Part One: The Romans.

How The City Developed, Part Two: The Vikings. 

How The City Developed, Part Four: The Tudors.

How The City Developed, Part Six: The Bank of England.

How The City Developed, Part Seven: Lloyd's of London.

How The City Developed, Part Eight: the London Stock Exchange.

How The City Developed, Part Nine: The 1700s
How The City Developed, Part Ten: Victorians 

How The City Developed, Part Eleven: World Wars

How The City Developed, Part Twelve: After World War II

How The City Developed, Part Thirteen: The Big Bang

How The City Developed, Part Fourteen: Crisis 
Published in News and Views

LipstickAndPig_72dpi-01webWhy bail-outs fail and people power will succeed

‘Lipstick on a Pig: Why Bail-outs Fail and People Power Will Succeed’ is the first of a new series of books by Zopa co-founder Simon Deane-Johns (aka ‘The Pragmatist’) that take a subversive and irreverent look at how the relationship between society and its institutions is changing, fundamentally and forever - how we, as individuals, are personalising the one-size-fits-all existence traditionally offered by our institutions; and what the impact of this trend will be on our financial system, politics, unions, the church and beyond.

Irreverent it may be, but the series deals with some of the most serious and far-reaching issues facing us today. Why start with our financial system? Because, like it or not – and recent impromptu campsites demonstrate that most of us do not like it – our financial system is supposed to be the beating heart of our society, yet it’s badly broken. And all the money we allocate to the existing structure is just so much lipstick on a pig. But there is hope, even in the face of financial doom. Alternative financial structures are emerging as part of the ‘architecture of participation’ that characterises the online environment. At the same time, the ‘occupations’ are a sign that the majority of us have rounded the ‘change curve’. That we have moved beyond 'shock' at how broken things are, through 'denial' and past 'anger and blame' – despite what’s written on the placards. We all accept the financial system has changed for the worse, and that something must be done. The only reason people are gathering publicly is to figure out what and how.




‘Lipstick on a Pig’ explains  this challenge  in five chapters, based on a series of Pragmatist posts on banking and finance.  In the first chapter, we consider the rise of pragmatism out of a bottom-up desire to know what ‘works’ in the midst of widespread disillusionment with society’s institutions. The second chapter looks at the difference between ‘institutions’, which exist largely to solve their own problems, and ‘facilitators’, which exist largely to solve their customers’ problems. The third focuses on the economic environment in which our financial system operates, including the prevalence of greed and stupidity and a dearth of scepticism and critical thought. The fourth chapter looks at how financial services are evolving in the context described in the previous three chapters. Finally, ‘Lipstick on a Pig’ explains how financial regulation that ironically was intended to protect us actually works to our detriment, and what changes could be made to encourage the growth of simple, low cost – and useful – financial services.

Publication date: January 2012
ISBN 978-1-907720-39-0
Print:£12.99//€15.70/$20 plus p&p; PDF/e-book: £8.99/€10.90/$14

Lipstick on a Pig - paperback £12.99 Add to Cart

Lipstick on a Pig - ebook £10.79 Add to Cart

Lipstick on a Pig - PDF £10.79 Add to Cart

Euro and dollar prices are illustrative and will be calculated using current exchange rates at checkout. Prices for electronic products include VAT, which is chargeable in the UK and EU, and will be applied or deducted at checkout as appropriate.

 

“Deane-Johns as The Pragmatist is worth his weight in White Papers on criminally overdue financial services reform and crystal clear thinking. His blog is essential reading for all of us who want to see big, effective change for the better. Not just because he agrees with us, but because he explains precisely what needs to be done.  To have this wealth of invaluable observation, analysis and creative thinking brought together in one book is a godsend. That The Pragmatist is a gigging lawyer in the forefront of innovative businesses makes this work an even rarer and significant read.  We should all send a copy to Cameron, Osborne and Cable; there might be hope for UK financial services reform yet.”    Martin Campbell, Director, Beacon Strategic Communications

Published in Current Titles
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next > End >>
Page 4 of 7

Search